Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

History Creates a Chemical Reaction; Appliance of Science Celebrated in a New Street Trail

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

History Creates a Chemical Reaction; Appliance of Science Celebrated in a New Street Trail

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON

A CITY'S chemical creations are to be celebrated in a new street trail.

On Monday, the Newcastle Chemistry Trail will be launched which will explore the city's historic role as a chemical capital. It will also illustrate the range of chemicals which are part of present everyday life.

Noel Jackson, head of education at Newcastle Centre for Life, will lead a Chemistry Trail walk, starting at 10am from the Literary and Philosophical Society building in Westgate Road in Newcastle.

The trail uses QR code stickers, which will allow people to use smartphones to access information giving details of the chemical link to the location, its uses, the chemical molecule and where possible a historic image.

One QR code will be on Bessie Surtees House on the Quayside, which at one stage in its history was one of Newcastle's first coffee houses.

The spotlighted chemical will be caffeine in the coffee.

"Information would include the fact that caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world, what it does, why we use it and where it comes from," said Noel, whose first degree was in chemistry at Oxford University. Then there is alcohol, more of which is used in fuel than in drinks."

A list of 46 chemicals has been drawn up for the trail, which is being launched as part of Newcastle Sciencefest but which will be permanent.

Plentiful coal meant that Newcastle and Tyneside was the country's leading chemical industry location in the first half of the 19th Century. …

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